Joe Saunders blanked the Marlins in April.
On Monday, the Marlins bloodied him to a pulp.
The Marlins unloaded on the Diamondbacks lefty, scoring nine runs in a record-equaling fourth inning that featured yet another mammoth home run by Giancarlo Stanton.
“We haven’t done that all year,” Stanton said.
Stanton also added a solo homer — increasing his total to 26 — as the Marlins rolled to a 12-3 victory over Arizona at Chase Field. The Marlins’ slugger has been on a power tear during the team’s road trip out west, smashing five home runs in five games so far in Denver and Phoenix.
The prolific fourth inning for the Marlins matched a pair of club marks.
The 10 hits equaled the one-inning mark set last September in Pittsburgh. The nine runs fell one run short of the team’s single-inning mark, which was set in Arizona during the 2009 season.
The Marlins sent a dozen men to the plate in the fourth.
Some highlights from the fourth-inning outburst:
“We fed off each other,” Stanton said. “One of us could have hit into a double play - killed the mood, killed the momentum — but we kept it rolling.”
The 20-hit attack easily bested the team’s previous season high of 14 hits.
Jose Reyes had four of the hits, which included a club-record equaling three doubles, and every member of the starting lineup except for winning pitcher Mark Buehrle (11-11) had at least one hit. John Buck also tallied four hits, including his 10th home run, to raise his average to .198, the highest it’s been since the middle of May.
“The last time we actually faced (Saunders), we kind of had him on the ropes, but he got out of it every time,” Buck said.
It was Buck’s first four-hit game since 2010 when he played for the Toronto Blue Jays.
“It was fun because everybody contributed,” Reyes said. “You saw a lot of guys wake up with the bat, like John Buck. He’s been swinging the bat a lot better lately, so that’s good to see.”
Saunders wasn’t lifted until the Marlins’ 11 batter of the decisive fourth, Reyes, drove in two runs with a double. Saunders, who tossed a complete-game shutout over the Marlins in Miami on April 27, was charged with nine runs on 12 hits in 3 2/3 innings, causing his earned run average to shoot up more than half a run — from 3.70 to 4.22.
Buehrle was the beneficiary of the offensive attack.
The left-hander gave up a first-inning home run to Jason Kubel but cruised after the Marlins produced their big inning at the plate. Buehrle completed seven innings to register his second-consecutive win.
Buehrle said the fourth inning lasted so long that he kept himself loose by walking up into the Marlins’ clubhouse, where he found fellow pitchers Ricky Nolasco and Josh Johnson watching the game on television.
“They were razzing me about what I did to get so many runs,” Buehrle said.